Peter Rosenbaum, MD, FRCP(C), DSC (HC) graduated in medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1967, and undertook residency training at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (1968-70) and a Research Fellowship at the Wolfson Centre, Institute of Child Health, University of London (1970-73). He joined the Department of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in 1973, and was appointed Full Professor in 1984. In 1989, with his colleague Dr. Mary Law, he co-founded CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster. CanChild is now recognized worldwide as a leading centre of innovative and ground-breaking childhood disability research, including the creation of clinical classifications and measurement tools, and for its Knowledge Translation activities that attract more than 200,000 visitors a year from over 170 countries to its award-winning website. Among CanChild’s and Rosenbaum’s most impactful work has been the creation, in 2011, of the ‘F-words in Childhood Disability’ (Rosenbaum and Gorter) – a fun way to bring to life the framework for health of the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.
Dr. Rosenbaum has held over 90 peer-reviewed grants; is a contributing author to over 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; and has been a guest lecturer in more than 30 countries. He co-authored Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life (2012), and co-edited Life Quality Outcomes of Children and Young Adults with Neurological and Developmental Conditions (2013) with Dr. Gabriel Ronen. In September 2016, he and colleagues published an innovative book Ethics in Child Health: Principles and Cases in Neurodisability; and in early 2019 he co-edited, with his colleague Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo and others, the handbook ICF: A hands-on approach for clinicians and families.
Dr. Rosenbaum has worked with more than 75 master’s and doctoral-level students at the Universities of Oxford, Utrecht, Witwatersrand, Australian Catholic University and University of Toronto in addition to McMaster. From 2012-14, and again in 2018, he was a consultant to UNICEF’s Expert Consultation on the Collection of Data on Children with Disabilities.
Dr. Rosenbaum’s career focus has been on a range of interconnected aspects of the ‘childhood disability’ field – issues of children and youth functioning; the wellbeing of families of children with long-term impairments; ways of thinking, talking and acting to provide services to these kids and families; the language we use to talk about clinical conditions like Cerebral Palsy and other impairments; and how to communicate these many issues to families, learners and the general public (including policy-makers) in plain and accessible language.